Oh boy do we have a week for you. A bunch of huge releases hit the Oculus Rift this week, including a long-awaited game and two new experiences that you simply have to try. It more than makes up for a comparatively slow week of actually new content on Gear VR, too. But if you got the new Gear VR or the controller itself for your existing Gear VR, here are 22 games you can try out right now.
If you missed last week, you can see those new releases here. And don’t forget that UploadVR has a Steam community group complete with a curated list of recommendations so that you don’t have to waste any money finding out what’s good in the world of VR.
Plus — check out our list of the best Oculus Rift games and best Gear VR games for more suggestions!
New Oculus Rift and Gear VR Releases on Oculus Home
Google Earth VR, from Google
Price: Free (Rift)
The long-awaited Rift release of Google Earth VR is finally here and you can’t miss it. This is one of VR’s best apps; fly across the world and travel to select locations in full 3D, appearing as minature trainset worlds below you. Stand in Tokyo and walk among skyscrapers or head to Yosemite Park and take in the views.
Recommendation: This is one of VR’s most essential apps. Don’t miss it.
Facebook Spaces beta, from Facebook VR
Price: Free (Rift)
Facebook’s vision for social VR starts here. Spaces is a place for Rift-owning Facebook friends to meet up as virtual avatars, share pictures, check out 360 degree media and even phone others from outside of VR. It’s in early beta for now and has more than its fair share of glitches but it’s still a must-see.
Recommendation: You need to at least check this out even if it’s not your thing.
Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, from Owlchemy Labs
Virtual Rick-ality puts Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty on a collision course with the hilarity and immersion of Job Simulator. You play as a clone of Morty that has to knock out a collection of tasks to assist Rick and Morty on another one of their incredible journeys. You have Rick’s garage and a plethora of interesting tools to play around with while also traveling through portals into new spaces.
Recommendation: Check out our schwifty review. This is a must have.
Dungeon Chess, from Experiment 7
Chess already has its fair share of VR adaptations, but none quite like Dungeon Chess. An official tie-in to the ever-popular Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, this immersive experience lets you play the classic game with characters and monsters from the franchise.
Recommendation: If you don’t have a VR chess game yet, this is a good bet.
Gogglebox, from Voight-Kampff
Price: Free (Gear VR)
What could go wrong as you try to get to sleep in a creepy road side motel? Well, if you’re in VR, chances are quite a lot. This is a simple horror experience that will be worth a look for fans of getting terrified.
Recommendation: Only for horror fans.
New Oculus Rift Releases on Steam
Colourise, from Field Tested
Price: $7.19 (Rift, Currently Discounted)
Put your mind to the test with Colourise, a spatial puzzler where you must connect the dots. The game features over 25 puzzles where new mechanics to puzzle solving are introduced over time.
Recommendation: It’s a neat puzzler to burn time with.
Drone Fighters, from Surreal Games
Price: $10.49 (Rift, Currently Discounted)
You’ve possibly already tried to pull this in real life, but it’s time to put drones through the battle arena you’ve always desired. Drone Fighters is an arcade style drone brawler with unlockable drones and cross-play between Vive and Rift.
Recommendation: It is currently in Early Access, but looks pretty solid already. Check it out.
Baskhead Training, from VRLINES
Price: $7.99 (Rift)
Baskhead Training is an arcade style basketball game where you mustn’t shoot your way through 20 levels but actually receive the balls with a basket attached to your face. There are also bonus balls and special effects.
Recommendation: Interesting flip on the constant basketball VR games. Give it a shot. Heh.
Forgotten Chambers, from Tpot Studio
Price: $16.99 (Rift, Currently Discounted)
Forgotten Chambers is another virtual puzzle entry for this week, this time taken on a more mystical theme. In this title, you’ll use magic to find hidden clues and fill the room with water and stars as you uncover the world’s history.
Recommendation: Visually striking and entertaining, this should be played.
Craft Keep VR, from Arvydas Zemaitis
Price: $11.24 (Rift, Currently Discounted)
Within a world of dragons and dungeons, you play the all-important role of the alchemist/blacksmith. Forge weapons and brew potions for the foul-mouthed adventurers that come to your establishment.
Recommendation: This is a well-done fantasy job sim. Grab it.
Ropes and Dragons VR, from nobodyshot
Price: $0.84 (Rift, Currently Discounted)
In Ropes and Dragons, you’ll use your wand to cut the ropes and engage the puzzle mechanisms to feed your friendly dragon companion.
Recommendation: It’s a super inexpensive family-friendly and easy to play game. Grab for the kiddies at the least.
VIVR – Mixed Reality Studio, from Dream.Digital
Price: $1.79 (Rift, Currently Discounted)
Broadcasting your VR adventures can be enhanced with mixed reality footage and VIVR is a tool that makes this a bit easier for content creators.
Recommendation: Keep an eye on it as it evolves throughout Early Access.
Solitaire VR, from Barbaroga, LLC
Price: $1.99 (Rift)
With the beautiful decor of an ancient mountain keep surrounding you, Solitaire VR gives you a platform to play all of your favorite forms of solitaire in virtual reality. There are multiple rooms for you to explore and play in, but maybe there’s a bit of mystery to it all as well?
Recommendation: Definitely grab this one if you like the classic card game.
VRobot, from Luden.io
Price: $12.74 (Rift, Currently Discounted)
On a planet where robots and driverless cars are everywhere, humans have built a giant robot to help them reclaim their cities. In VRobot you control the giant with the help of tools like a tornado maker and tractor beam to clear everything out.
Recommendation: Not bad so far, but keep an eye on it during Early Access before taking the leap.
Gus Track Adventures VR, from maxlvlgames
Price: $13.99 (Rift, Currently Discounted)
With lead character Gus, Gus Track Adventures has players collecting loot and shooting down powerful enemies before taking on epic boss fights in a vibrant world with cartoon style.
Recommendation: It’s a very beautiful on-rails shooter, but that’s getting old. Your call.
Boxplosion, from DNV
Price: $7.19 (Rift, Currently Discounted)
Boxplosion is a particle colliding experience where you control time and up to 20k particles to create your own intense collisions. There’s a scene creator with 50 3D models to choose from and you can also include your own music that the scenes will sync to. Once you have a visual you love, you can export gif animations and screenshots.
Recommendation: Not a lot of meat to this visual feast. Pass on it for now.
Fantasynth, from HelloEnjoy
Price: Free (Rift)
Fantasynth is a trippy audio-reactive experience where players glide through a procedurally generated environment that music brings to life. The song used is “Chez Nous” by N’to and lasts for roughly 7 minutes.
Recommendation: A free and visually impressive mind trip. Give it a go and show your friends.
Oblivion Tesseract VR, from Epotech
Price: $7.99 (Rift)
Oblivion Tesseract VR is a tower defense shooter with ethereal elements abound. There’s a potential curse of blood, a mysteries cube, and a family’s haunting history at play and you must protect the tesseract by slaying the incoming monsters.
Recommendation: It’s an interesting concept with unique design, but it needs a bit of work. Keep an eye on it.
AI Rebellion, from Immergity
Price: $17.99 (Rift, Currently Discounted)
AI Rebellion is an open space simulator where you can pilot 4 types of ships and control them via virtual levels in your cabin. It takes place in the year 2753 where decades have been spent crafting an artificial intelligence called P.A.I. that was supposed to control a central military station. After 3 years of flawless operation, the AI is suffering interruptions and is eventually lost. Now you must go find out what’s wrong.
Recommendation: This game has some potential but don’t pull the trigger just yet. Keep an eye on it as it is developed throughout Early Access.
Immerse Creator, from JonBrouchoud
Price: $19.99 (Rift)
Immerse Creator is a collaborative sandbox where you can create 3D objects and architectural spaces to house them in. It features an intuitive and easy to use 3D sketching system to bring your ideas to life and will introduce the multiplayer mode along with a non-VR viewer mode.
Recommendation: Overall this is a beautiful and ambitious concept, but wait for it all to come together before grabbing it.
Cyberlink PowerDVD 17 Ultra, from Cyberlink
Price: $89.99 (Rift, Currently Discounted)
PowerDVD 17 Ultra brings a fully featured media companion for PCs and home entertainment. With it you’ll get a robust media player, photo album viewer, and get TrueTheater HDR, Color, and Sound for videos.
Recommendation: For PowerDVD users, this is an incredible opportunity to utilize all features and access your media in VR.
Bullet Sorrow VR, from VikingVRStudio
Price: $24.99 (Rift)
Bullet Sorrow is an FPS that features a full single player campaign and multiplayer content for both PVE and PVP. The gunplay is entertaining, featuring a bullet-time force field and bunker-cover system.
Recommendation: This is a must-have shooter for VR platforms. Definitely grab this.
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